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Shoah Reviews

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June 3, 2014
Lanzmann`s monumental film bears significant witness to the Holocaust. Those who see it will never forget it.
January 9, 2015
Its riveting nine hours are perhaps the most important piece of historical cinema we possess.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 1, 2000
There is no proper response to this film. It is an enormous fact, a 550-minute howl of pain and anger in the face of genocide. It is one of the noblest films ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 19, 2012
[It] has transcended the cinema to become a primary record of the extermination of European Jews during the Second World War.
May 27, 2008
The chief success of the to remove the Holocaust from its comfortably horrifying place in history, and restore a human face to the atrocities.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
December 6, 2010
Viewing "Shoah" today proves that the Holocaust is not a discrete event, but rather an ongoing public narrative in which the movie continues to play a crucial part.
June 24, 2006
The effect is relentless and cumulative.
September 27, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
October 9, 2003
The film is undeniably tough going, but by looking into the hearts of the people that experienced the atrocities, it gets at the heart of the horror itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 60/100
January 14, 2011
the film's achievement is to show there are stories worth hearing, and ravaged, resilient faces that reward our scrutiny. The horror, the gallows humor, the shame and the heroism, the lessons of this holocaust -- and all others--have not been exhausted.
January 20, 2011
Why revisit "Shoah'' 25 years after it was first released? Because it matters more a quarter century on, just as it will matter even more in a hundred years, and 200, and - if it and we survive - a thousand.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 23, 2010
takes to task largely accepted concepts of what is known, what can be imagined, and how people relate to Hitler's mass extermination with an unrivaled formal insight.
| Original Score: 5/5
August 29, 2003
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October 25, 2003
Lazmann's 9 1/2 hour labor of love equals The Triumph Of The Will for its [historical] importance
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 13, 2003
Lanzmann's project is so vast and so meticulous as to render any criticism, positive or negative, irrelevant.
July 17, 2009
'Shoah' is difficult to watch, but few other films match its consideration of unspeakable evil and indifference.
September 29, 2003
Lanzmann builds the past using tools that exist only in the present, summoning an unfathomable catastrophe with the voices and memories of survivors.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 14, 2003
It is impossible not to change a little bit after watching all 9 1/2 hours of Shoah.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
July 11, 2013
a magnificently disquieting experience--a harrowing descent into the depths of humanity's potential for unmitigated brutality, cruelty, and evil.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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